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Yankees Rivalry Roundup: Rays beat Angels, Guardians increase lead

A quiet night in the AL comes on the heels of the Yankees’ big Subway Series win.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees picked a perfect time to have a great game last night, bringing down Max Scherzer and the Mets, 4-2, in what was one of just nine games on the calendar across MLB. I’m not sure if guys were a little worn down after the weekend, given how little offense we seemed to see on Monday night.

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (66-55), Los Angeles Angels 1 (52-70)

I don’t know how long Mike Trout will be patrolling center for the Angels, but baseball just makes more sense when he’s out there. Although he was technically the DH for last night’s contest, he did drive in his first RBI since returning from the IL, and indeed the first time since July 10th.

Unfortunately that would be the only real blemish for Jeffrey Springs, who went 5.2 innings allowing a single run, and striking out seven. Tucker Davidson nearly matched Springs, although a home run from Randy Arozarena loomed large in the fifth inning, giving the Rays the cushion they needed to take this one.

The Rays passed the idle Blue Jays to take over sole possession of second in the AL East, eight full games back of the Yankees.

Other Contenders

  • Kansas City Royals 6 (50-74), Chicago White Sox 4 (62-60): How about a game-winning, bases loaded walk in your MLB debut? Drew Waters is still looking for his first MLB hit, but has an RBI, taking the free pass in the eighth to put the Royals up 5-4. The White Sox allowed ten hassle-free baserunners, six walks and four HBP — not a recipe for success.
  • Texas Rangers 2 (56-66), Minnesota Twins 1 (62-58): In another low-scoring affair, Adolis García had a solo shot and Corey Seager added the winning run on an RBI single as the Rangers took care of business in Minnesota. Perhaps more concerning is that Byron Buxton, once again, left a game with an injury, tweaking his hip on a swing and a diving catch.
  • Last note: The Guardians didn’t play yesterday, so they only added to their AL Central lead. They’re in first place, two games ahead of the Twins and three up on the White Sox.